General Cleaning Of Stainless Steel
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- National Capitol Region Specifications
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GENERAL CLEANING OF STAINLESS STEEL
A. This procedure includes guidance on cleaning stainless
steel using a mild detergent. See also the Stainless Steel Information Center information booklet, "The Care and Cleaning of Stainless Steel":
B. See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be
reviewed along with this procedure. These guidelines
cover the following sections:
1. Safety Precautions
2. Historic Structures Precautions
4. Quality Assurance
5. Delivery, Storage and Handling
6. Project/Site Conditions
7. Sequencing and Scheduling
8. General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)
These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing
this procedure and should be followed, when applicable,
along with recommendations from the Historic Preservation
1.02 QUALITY ASSURANCE
A. A test area will be cleaned and reviewed by the RHPO for
approval prior to commencement of work.
A. Soap: Mild soap, such as "Ivory Liquid".
B. Abrasive Cleaners: Very mildly abrasive cleaner with
whiting and pumice, such as "Bon Ami", baking soda mixed with mild soap, Barkeeper's Friend, etc.
C. Car wax, such as those formulated for chromium-plated items or approved equal.
D. Clean, soft cloths, chamois leather, or nylon pad (such as Scotch-Brite).
A. Natural bristle brush
CLEANING AGENTS NOT TO BE USED: chloride cleaning agents, hypochloride bleaches, silver cleaners.
A. Prior to cleaning, mask or otherwise protect all
adjoining surfaces that could be altered or damaged by
the cleaning operation.
3.02 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
A. Wash stainless steel surface with mild detergent and
clean water using a clean cloth, sponge or natural
bristle brush and light pressure. Wipe dry with a clean
B. Apply abrasive cleaners only if necessary and with a
clean cloth, sponge or natural bristle brush. Always
wipe in a consistent direction with the grain of the
metal. Rinse all abrasives thoroughly from metal surface
and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
C. Do not apply protective coatings such as lacquers, but
apply a good quality car wax as a very thin protective